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For Alice H,
Yes. I was convicted by Birmingham Crown Court for tax evasion and sentenced in September, 2013 to 42 months in prison. The case was a VHCC case and my legal costs came to just over £0.75m. My assessment amounts to less than this, but includes all of the assets of both my Wife and me.
Incidentally, I have lodged my own appeal to the Criminal Case Review Commission (CCRC) as I was not guilty of the alleged offences. I have been told a case manager will not be able to review my appeal documentation before May, 2017, long after the resolution of the CCO issue. To have to settle this debt by having to sell our home under these circumstances is unacceptable, and a matter that connot be reversed if true justice prevails. Thank you
Thank you for your advice. This is how I read the regulations. Is there any case law regarding this matter?
I think the whole issue is iniquitous.
I do not want to declare bankruptcy, but will if I have to. This would really be a drastic step to take, but in my opinion the whole issue is wrong. When you said "unfortunately", this now seems an understatement.
Yes I would. However, can you please give me an estimate of additional costs before proceeding?
Yes that's fine.
I look forward to hearing from you.
The Order was issued on 18th June, 2014. I have lodged my intention to appeal within the 28 day period allowed. I am to attend a final hearing on my POCA on 11th May, 2015 which should reduce my available assets and therefore Order. The Judge will ultimately decide how much I have to pay. My "benefit" will be anything between zero and £17k, and costs of £17.6k may or may not be awarded. The Order is for much more than this, so my actions will be relevant.
Yes I do, thank you.
okay, thank you.
Do you have an update?
FOR ALICE H
In your reply dated 27th April, you stated that you had "identified some statutory grounds which may assist" me regarding the "unreasonable"(ness) of the CCO against me. Are you in a position to send me this now?
I had the worst possible ruling against me yrsterday. The Judge ruled that my POCA amount was "18,222 and he awarded costs of £17470, so I have to pay both amounts. I think this amount reduces the amount I have available for the CCO, do you agree?
I hope to hear from you later today, please.
Thanks Steve Bache
FOR ALICE H.
I sent you emails on 5th & 12th May requesting an update and further information on my case. I am dissappointed not to have received anything further. Please provide me with the details requested as a matter of urgency.
FOR ALICE H,
Thank you for your reply,however, it does not answer the question. In your note on 27th April you said you had identified some statutory grounds which may assist me. What are these statutory grounds and what do you consider "unreasonable"in this aspect? A more direct answer would be appreciated.